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Are Occupy Wall Streeters Ready To Be Heard?
Throughout the entire nation, people in both large and small cities gathered to express their anger toward the current status quo. The protesters included both enthusiastic youngsters and baby boomers sick and tired of a government that in their eyes catered to Wall Street and special interest. The mass-scale movement started almost as a grass roots campaign, but eventually turned into a household name, Occupy Wall Street. There is no denying that the voices of the Occupy Wall Street movement were contagious among a country with a growing unemployment percentage and skyrocketing national deficit. Now, with the Republican primaries in full swing and Presidential elections less than a year away, the question that remains is will the masses who gathered behind the Occupy Wall Street movement turn out in large numbers to have an impact on who will take or sustain control of both the legislative and executive branches of government?
Occupy Wall Street was essentially a movement that showed many Americans are no longer okay with the current state of politics. When the economy was booming, housing was thriving and jobs were available to those who wanted to work, people accepted the fact that many politicians were in the pocket of corporations and that corruption was prevalent throughout Washington. However things changed dramatically when the turn of the century introduced us to new measures against terrorism that basically stole the personal freedoms of Americans. Not to mention, failed policy that resulted in corporate bailouts among numerous financial institutions, and golden parachutes for some of the wealthiest one percent of the nation did little to relive anger. And let us not even mention Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. With all of the bailouts combined with high unemployment, a seemingly endless war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the people decided to buy into a candidate selling hope and change. Unfortunately, they were left with much of the same, a candidate who appeared more interested in political rhetoric than real change. Frustrations boiled over, and the peaceful practice of mass demonstration and protest spread throughout the nation and globe. The targets: Wall Street and corruption.
"One of the criticisms of the Occupy Wall Street movement was that it appeared to most outsiders to lack solid leadership and support for one particular piece of legislation or political candidate or party", explained a political writer for GPS Tracker Shop. "Clearly, through social media and a presence online, the Occupy Wall Street organizers were able to generate interest in their cause, creating a ripple effect that resulted in protests in places all over the United States."
The primary focus of Occupy Wall Street was to shake corporate influence over the government, and change the way government parties interact with special interest groups. Sadly, voters are polarized by topics about gay marriage and abortion, neglecting the fact that the structure and current model for doing business in Washington is broken in a million different places. Since most politicians would rather avoid discussion about the money train most have tickets for, the likelihood of Occupy Wall Streeters supporting any particular candidate is unlikely, with maybe the exception of Ron Paul if he were to pull the upset off in the Republican primaries.
The GPS tracking device experts would like to know if readers believe that Occupy Wall Street could have a significant impact on elections if they backed a candidate?